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Obituaries (04/17/08)

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Margaret M. Sanchez

MIDDLEBURY — Margaret M. Sanchez, 40, of Middlebury died at Porter Hospital unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. She was born Oct. 6, 1967, in Daly City, Calif., daughter of the Jose Sanchez of Redwood City, Calif., and the late Elinor Sanchez of Middlebury.

After graduating from MUHS she earned degrees from both Randolph Macon Women’s College and George Mason University in Virginia. She taught elementary school in Virginia, Maine and Vermont.

Those who knew here said she was very loved and immersed into her community — her passion was literacy. She worked with several literacy programs with the schools and llsley Library. She also volunteered at the Ronald MacDonald house in Burlington. Her second passion was food and cooking. She told friends that she enjoyed her current employment with Otter Creek Bakery and making all kinds of international cuisines and sharing them with her friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her children Mallory Pipich, Madelyn, Meilena and Marshall Sanchez all of Middlebury; her sister and brother-in-law, Monica Sanchez Webb and Stephen Webb; and a brother, Stephen Sanchez of Warren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at the Universal Unitarian Church in Middlebury. A memorial mass will be held at a later date to be announced at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Middlebury. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Orwell.

Donations can be made to The Sanchez Children Fund and sent to the attention of Barbara Bourne at Mary Hogan Elementary School, Middlebury VT. 05733.


Doris J. Zalubski

VERGENNES — Doris J. Zalubski, 69, of Vergennes died Sunday, April 13, 2008, surrounded by her family after a lingering illness.  She was born in Burlington on May 23, 1938, the daughter of Frank E. and Della M. (Cote) Poirier.

 She attended Burlington city schools. She worked for many years at Shelburne Corporation, before moving to Vergennes. She worked until retirement at Goodrich in Vergennes.

According to her relatives, family was very important to her. Until her illness she would prepare weekly Sunday dinner to which all were invited.

 She is survived by her daughter, Helene Renee Zalubski of Brandon; her son, Randy and his wife, Debbie, of Maine; a granddaughter; her brother, Donald Poirier of Kentucky; her sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Livingston of Winooski; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Connie Benway; and her brothers, Robert, Richard and James Poirier.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Thursday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church. Interment followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 1600 L Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.


Patricia M. Thorpe

BRIDPORT — Patricia M. Thorpe, 73, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury surrounded by her family.  She was born March 17, 1935, in Ferrisburgh, the daughter of Robert and Rachael (Jerome) Brooks.

She is survived by eight children, Larry Thorpe of Weybridge, Mike Thorpe and Lynn of Bristol, Tim Thorpe and Darlene of Middlebury, Linda Dempsey and James of Lincoln, Ronnie Thorpe and Joan of Starksboro, Bill Thorpe, Paula Mitchinson of Bennington, and Loyal Thorpe and Pam of Bridport; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Harriet Bushey of Vergennes; two brothers, Stuart Barrows of Grand Isle and Bill Barrows of Florida.

Predeceased by her husband, Harry Thorpe, Feb. 24, 2005; and her daughter, Rosemary Sizemore.

There will be no public calling hours.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, Loyal and Pam Thorpe, 271 Torrey Lane, Bridport, VT 05734.


Mary A. Malzac

NEW HAVEN — Mary A. Malzac, 99, of 3268 Munger St. in New Haven, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

Born October 20, 1908, in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Elmer V. and Addie G. (Grow) Bennett. 

She was a lifelong resident of Munger Street and was a homemaker. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury.

Mary enjoyed life to its fullest. For many years her home on Munger Street was the gathering place for friends and family, especially on holidays. There was always room for one more person at the table. Mary was interested in what was happening in the lives of everyone in her family and extended family. She enjoyed playing cards, reading and especially being with people. She will be greatly missed.

Family members include her son Edward R. Malzac and his wife Yvonne of New Haven, six grandchildren, Linda Laribee of New York, Lorraine Wolff of Burlington, Paul Malzac of Monkton, Lynne Bigelow of New Haven, Teresa Poquette of Alburgh and Richard Malzac of Bristol; 14 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raoul Malzac, in 1969; by one son, George Malzac; three daughters, Irene Wyman, Ernestine Ray, and Helen Sellers; a brother, Harold Bennett; and a sister, Clara Boucher.

The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Sanderson Funeral Home, 117 S. Main St., Middlebury. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church, Middlebury, with the Rev. Justin Baker, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s Church, 326 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753 or Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, 1 Mill St., Burlington, VT 05401.


Louise Hutchins

LINCOLN — Louise Hutchins, 89, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her home in Bristol. She was born March 8, 1919, in West Topsham, the daughter of Fremont and Bernice (Ciley) Hutchins.

She was a member of Lincoln United Church and Rebekahs.

She is survived by her son, Roy Hutchins and companion, Sandra Rhodes, of Lincoln; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Marshall Hutchins, in 1996; her sister, Leona and husband William Wells; and a brother, Douglas Welch.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 17, at Lincoln United Church. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln United Church, 23 Quaker St., Lincoln, VT 05443.


Caroline Eastman

RUTLAND — Caroline Eastman, 76, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her home in Rutland. She was born in Hyde Park on March 13, 1932, the daughter of Lettie (Minor) Eastman.

She had been a resident of Rutland since moving from Brandon in 1977. She resided at The Loretta Home from 1990 until 2002, during which time she attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

She was predeceased by a sister, Esther Helen Eastman.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 16, at The Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated. A private burial will take place in Pine Hill Cemetery.


John G. Burke

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — John G. Burke, 77, of Londonderry died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at his home. He was born in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 21, 1931, the son of John W. and Lois (Gardiner) Burke.

He was raised in Middlebury and graduated from Middlebury High School. He was a resident of Londonderry for 23 years, formerly living in Black River, N.Y., for 27 years.

John literally grew up in the dairy business. He started in a Borden’s receiving plant in Vermont and spent his entire career having a significant impact on the dairy foods Northeast consumers enjoy.

His service in the U.S. Air Force was followed by a degree in agricultural economics and manufacturing from the University of Vermont, where he drove milk routes during summers. After graduation he began a long career with Borden’s working in the Northeast, gaining experience in all areas of production, procurement, and operations management.

He married Mary Lou Slavin on Feb. 11, 1956, in Oneonta, N.Y. In 1958 he became the assistant plant manager of the Borden’s New Cultured Products Plant in Watertown, N.Y., and was promoted to district manager.

After a distinguished career with Borden’s, he retired and joined AgriMark in 1984 as Vice President of sales and marketing, retiring in 2006 after 22 years. He served on 12 boards and commissions as well as being an active member of several associations, including the Dairy Business Association.

He was active in local government for many years, was a member of the Black River, N.Y., village board and was on the volunteer fire department. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion Post 27 in Middlebury. According to family, he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, spending time at his hunting camp, and was an avid Boston sports fan.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years; a son, James J. Burke and his wife, Cindy, of Northfield; two daughters, Holly Burke-Gordon and Jill Burke, both of Londonderry; four grandchildren; a brother, William Burke of Burlington; a sister, Phyllis Cunningham of Middlebury; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Stout.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 14, at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium. The burial will be held in Middlebury.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, attn: Major Carl Carvill, 1 Montgomery Ave., Nashua, N.H., 03060.

Online condolences may be made at www.peabodyfuneral home.com

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